Flames three-peat flickering away

The Home Gas Flames look far from two-time reigning national champions. 

In fact, Home Gas are struggling to be competitive with a 2-3 record in the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2013 National Women’s League, sponsored by Popeye’s Chicken. 

Home Gas head coach Bruce Reynolds states his squad has lacked drive in the early going. 

“To be honest, we’re not playing as well as we can,” Reynolds said. “Again, we have some issues with training.  

We need to train, we’re not playing to our full potential. There’s a lot more basketball in them than what they’re showing right now. 

“Give them credit for winning the two games so far. But they got to want it more than what they’re showing right now if they want to repeat.” 

Home Gas recently ended a two-game win streak last Thursday with a loss to league frontrunners Wolves. The Flames are third in the standings ahead of the 1-3 Island Heritage Silver Mist and behind 2-2 Welly’s Cool Spot and 4-1 Wolves.  

The Flames’ next game is Thursday, 4 April, at 6.15pm against Chloe Powery and Welly’s at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre. Cassianne Lawrence’s Wolves battle Scimone Campbell’s Silver Mist at 7.45pm. 

Both Home Gas victories have been characterized by huge performances from star Sade Wood. The veteran had a season-high 32 points against Silver Mist last month, including two 3-pointers and seven steals. Against Welly’s, Wood scored 27 points with four treys, six rebounds and four assists. 

Gemma Graelis also stepped up on those occasions, notching nine points in the first game and 12 points in the second contest. 

Reynolds dismisses the idea of either player being decisive factors down the stretch. 

“Everyone played their part in our victories. You don’t build a team around one player, that’s not my style. As a team, that’s how you win, it shouldn’t be about one player.” 

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